Lisa Hartman  by Van Cordle

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This was a practice painting/portrait I did like 20 years ago. Yeah I know, don’t laugh, I copied her off a poster just to see if I could do the hair, leather affects, and the silky lace, I not only discovered I could make it look just like it, I discovered I could make it look better!. I just created the background from imagination. the clouds are almost like dark wings on her. The rocks that she is resting against were designed to draw the viewer into the background where they are met by a gull screeching at them for daring to look beyond the obvious. The sea gulls were inspired by Jamie Wyeth!
I gave the painting to Lisa’s mother through some friends who knew her, I thank she wrote a note that said “thank you, it’s very nice” – that’s all I’ve ever heard about it. I stopped “copying” after this painting except for the occasional commissioned Masterpiece reproduction. ( the ones that look impossibly hard to do)
When you’re just learning, copying photos, or other art helps you learn what you can do with a brush or pencil, but the goal should be to “just to learn” so you can “be completely original”!
When I hear comments like ”that looks like a photo” or hear the term photo realism I have to smile, because a photo is just a sketch to be used and surpassed and some of my paintings are very simple they just give the illusion of perfection that no photo could attain. Copying photos real good should not be the goal (if you see the shadow from the flash you know it was just copied and is how a lot of artists get stuck, I would rather see a completely original work of art even if it is child like to some because its art and creative and original. 24 × 30 Oil painting


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    AUDEANYESalmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you so much AUDEAN!!

    – Van Cordle

  • PhotoArtBy Astrid
    PhotoArtBy Astridalmost 6 years ago

    Wow this is so gorgeous! Well done!!!!

  • Thank you so much Astrid!!

    – Van Cordle

  • natew79
    natew79almost 6 years ago

    Wow, your work is always incredible. The lace looks so real. Such emotional is the eyes. The sun rays in the left corner, the shadows on the rocks, the lighting on her skin…it makes is all look so real. Such amazing talent.

  • Thank you so much Nathan for that great comment!!!

    – Van Cordle

  • midnightdreamer
    midnightdreameralmost 6 years ago

    Van you will never cease to amaze me with your mastery of art…..this is absolutely stunning even for being almost as old as myself, your art reminds me of my most favored artist Boris, your creativity has no bounds….Bravo my amazingly talented friend!
    Peace Always,

  • Thank you so much midnight!! I love Boris!! His women always inspire me!! : )

    – Van Cordle

  • Angel Warda
    Angel Wardaalmost 6 years ago

    my goodness…I am speechless!!! You are fantastic beyond words. How I would love those hands to draw a portrait of me. God bless those hands my dear…xoxo

  • Thank you so much Anqel!! These hands would love to : )

    – Van Cordle

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyalmost 6 years ago

    fabulous piece of art Van mq

  • Thank you so much mike!!

    – Van Cordle

  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful work!!!

  • Thank you so much Raven!!

    – Van Cordle

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaalmost 6 years ago

    wow, I just love what you wrote in accompniment to this magnificient work of art and must say that I have to agree with you. Whilst I’m not the biggest fan of realism, it has occured to me that if you mix realism with impressionism then you get something rather colourful but also relateable to your viewers and potential customers.

    So sometimes I like to really saturate the colours I see caused from the light source and reflections while other times I keep them a little more subtle but create a deeper, more colourful background to bring balance.

    See, I do know SOME things lol. But not much really compare to your skill. But you know what? What I really appreciate about you is your great enthusiasm for a broad variety of art and artistic expression. I’m with you in that. I love originality and the effort and mind behind such.

    Cheers to you Van for being such a wonderful inspiration for so many

  • Wow Tahnja Thank you so much for that wonderful comment!! Your great!!

    – Van Cordle

    KEITH R. WILL...almost 6 years ago

    one word excellent

  • Thank you so much KEITH!! I like that word : )

    – Van Cordle

  • vanvic
    vanvicalmost 6 years ago

    Great work…really nice stuff!

  • Thank you Vanessa very much!!

    – Van Cordle

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